A Bury St Edmunds man is looking to diversify his business by opening a hairdressers in his tanning and beauty salon on the Mildenhall Road Estate.
Stephen Brough, owner of Tantalize Tanning, in Lake Avenue, is currently advertising for two hairdressers - the only catch is that, as well as English, they must be able to speak either Polish or Lithuanian.
Mr Brough says the hair salon, which he hopes to open in March, would aim to fill a gap in the market for ‘foreign customer clients’.
Inspiration for the new business venture, which would see a back store room transformed into a two-seater salon, has come from the personal experiences of his Lithuanian partner, Vaiga, and her friends.
He said: “The difficulty she (Vaiga) encounters is with language and sometimes, not often, people show a little bit of impatience with her due to language problems.”
He said around 20 per cent of his current customers were Polish or Lithuanian and that it was not uncommon for them to travel to hair salons outside of Bury, often Thetford, to be able to communicate in their mother tongue.
He said: “There’s nowhere in Bury for them to go where they can speak their own language and feel comfortable that what they want done is being understood exactly.”
“If they’re feeling a bit isolated, it’s nice for them to come into this sort of environment. It makes it a more pleasant experience,” he added.
Anyone interested in applying for the positions is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Flexible working hours are available, with pay based on a ‘high percentage of takings’.
“I think I’ll be lucky to find them (English-Polish/English-Lithuanian speakers) to be honest, but I’m hopeful as I know there is a market for it and it would be an appreciated service,” said Mr Brough.
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